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Heat of the Summer

Posted by John Jenkins on

This time of year things really start to heat up and dry out. The lawns start going from a lush green to dull, faded color. Plants start stressing and lose their vibrancy. For as much as we love the heat of the summer, it sure makes things difficult to maintain our yards as we would like them. The greatest difficulty is for those that do not have a sprinkler system installed. It is very time consuming and hard to keep up with keeping all of the lawn watered well. I know, I have dragged hoses around plenty of times. In...

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Landscape Ideas

Posted by John Jenkins on

Hopefully you have had a fun time figuring out what you want in your yard. (I hope no fights broke out over whose idea was better or who gets the ultimate decision on things. lol) Now it comes down to the details. You want a fountain. What kind? How about a patio. What kind of materials? Do you want a sitting wall or a fire pit built in? How about a water fountain in the wall? What kind of pathways? Drip systems or sprays? There are so many options that at times it seems overwhelming! Now I am a "realist",...

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Planning your Landscape Together

Posted by John Jenkins on

This is the part that is the most exciting about landscaping or designing your own landscape. After you have prepared all of the other things that I have mentioned in previous posts, you can put it all together and really decide what you want to do! It is time to gather the family or residents together and talk about what each of you want. I have come up with a check list of ideas for you to think about as you plan. Think about each activity and when you do it, if you do it. Do you want to do...

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My Site

Posted by John Jenkins on

Hopefully you have had a chance to walk around your neighborhood and see what the Jones' have done with their places. (Refer to post: Looking and Learning). Maybe you were even able to make a new friend or two, get some ideas of what you did/did not like, or at the very least you got some exercise.  Now what do you do? Let's go into your own lot now and take a look. If you live in the Midwest there may be nothing but flat ground to look at. In the mountain states you may have a lot of slopes...

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Looking and Learning

Posted by John Jenkins on

In my last post I wrote about the importance of a plan before starting to install or renovate your landscape. Today I would like to give you some things to think about as you start your designing process. There are a number of things that you may want to consider. First, what kind of neighborhood are you in? What style of home do you have? Are all the homes on the street the same? Different? Do you even have neighbors? Are you part of an HOA? If so, there may be certain restrictions or standards that you have to follow....

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